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SeaBus Projects

A SeaBus sailing towards downtown Vancouver

Fleet and infrastructure projects are currently underway to improve the quality of our SeaBus service. These investments will ensure our network remains in a state of good repair and further improve our customers’ transit experience.

Many of these projects support the vision and requirements of our three main transit expansion plans: Transport 2050, the 10-Year Investment Plan, and Area Transit Plans.

We began seismic and accessibility upgrade work at the south SeaBus terminal in spring 2018 and completed in spring 2020. The purpose of the project is to improve the seismic performance at the south terminal as well as improve accessibility.

We’ve completed accessibility upgrades at the Waterfront SeaBus Terminal to improve customer experience and support customer demand today and for years to come. The SeaBus terminals were built in 1976 and in 2019, nearly 20,000 passengers used them to travel between downtown Vancouver and the North Shore on an average weekday.

Customers can now benefit from

  • Double the elevator capacity! We’ve added an additional elevator and replaced the original elevator

  • A brand new staircase to improve passenger flow through the terminal

  • Four new escalators to replace the original sets, meaning less maintenance time to keep you moving

  • An upgraded east parking lot entrance to improve access for customers coming from Helijet or Waterfront Road

Thank you for your patience as we upgraded your SeaBus Terminal.

This project completed in March 2020. Thank you for your patience as we upgraded your SeaBus Terminal.

Expected Timeline: Spring 2021 to spring 2023

As part of TransLink’s Maintenance and Upgrade Program, we’re replacing aging operational equipment at both SeaBus terminals to ensure their continued safety and reliability for years to come.

We’ll be working to replace

  • Electrical substations, transformers, panels, and back-up generators;

  • Fire water lines and hose cabinets;

  • CCTV systems;

  • Automatic doors at the SeaBus loading bays;

  • The emergency exit ramps;

  • The north terminal entrance canopy; and

  • Ventilation equipment in the south terminal skywalk.

We’ve also installed Indigenous art and accompanying signage at both Waterfront Station and Lonsdale Quay SeaBus terminals to support Indigenous language revitalization and preservation. These installations sample the artwork aboard the Burrard Chinook SeaBus, which launched in July 2021.

Construction Information

Construction will begin at the north SeaBus Terminal in April 2021 and is expected to be complete in early 2023. Construction at the south SeaBus Terminal will follow and is expected to be complete in spring 2023. Work will require temporary closures to areas of the terminal throughout the year, but we expect customers will experience minimal impact.

What you need to know:

From spring 2021 through spring 2023, we’ll be working at the north SeaBus terminal.

  • Signage and crews will be in place to direct customers.

  • Customers may notice regular construction noise throughout the day, but no service impacts are expected.

  • We thank customers for their patience during construction.

We’ll be working to replace the aging canopy structure and install a new fire department connection at the terminal entrance.

  • Customers will notice construction fencing, scaffolding, and crews terminal entrance while we work to replace the aging canopy structure and install a new fire department connection.

  • Major removal work will be completed overnight to ensure customer safety is maintained throughout the day.

For more information, customers and neighbours can call:
Customer Information | 604.953.3333

  • 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days per week.